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Guides to Using Style Manuals
If you're having trouble keeping track of your research sources and citing them all correctly, consider using RefWorks. RefWorks is a citation management tool that can save you a lot of time and stress. It can even create a Works Cited page for your project. Sign-up for an account - it's free and you can keep using it even after you graduate.
To get started you can do some of the tutorials below or come to a RefWorks Workshop in the Library on the following dates.
Why Cite Sources
To acknowledge where you found your ideas
Lend credibility to your ideas
Allow others to verify your facts
Provide your readers with a link to additional sources on the topic
When do you cite sources?
Quoting - using another's exact words. Put them in quotation marks
Paraphrasing - re-stating another's ideas in your own words
Summarizing - summing up a lengthly passage in one or two sentences of your own
All sources used, whether quoted, prarphrased , or summarized must be citing using the appropriate citation method.
Strategies for avoiding plagiarism
Start research early, so you are not rushed at the end
Take good notes
keep track of your sources/citations to works consulted
Know what you need to cite, what you don't, and how to do it
Use the appropriate style manual
Ask for help!
At the Writing Center
At the Library
From your Professor